Survival horror fans are in Luck. Lifeless, the zombie-filled MMO will hit Steam this June.
If players want to dip their toes into the game’s bloody waters and try their hand at surviving in a spooky open world, they can with Lifeless’ early access. Still a work in progress, developers, Rigid-Soft, have promised that first adopters will be afforded the ability to help shape the game as it progresses by simply playing it and leaving feedback.
Judging from initial footage, the game seems to have similarities to titles such as Dead Island and Dying Light. Like the aforementioned undead outings, Lifeless offers both melee and firearm combat. Axes, pipes, baseball bats, and even signposts will all be at hand to aid in your pesky zombie extermination. If bullets are more your bag, your arrange machine guns, shotguns, revolvers, and pistols will also be available. Exploration is key: screenshots show vast, contrasting landscapes for gamers to explore, including dense forests—populated with running streams and jagged boulders—and abandoned towns that are sure to leave even the most confident of adventures feeling at least a modicum of trepidation.
Being an MMO, loot is the name of the game here, and being a post-apocalyptic experience means loot comes in the form of supplies players will need for their survival. Lifeless uses a hunger and thirst mechanic, similar to that used in Minecraft. Discovering drink, food, and even medicine amongst the ruined landscape is fundamental, not to mention body armor. The weapons, items, and clothing one outfits their avatar with can mean the difference between life and death.
Last, but certainly not least, Lifeless implements a faction system. Players must help one another survive while simultaneously defending themselves from their rival faction. Like the popular Walking Dead series, zombies won’t be the only horror in this world—humans can be just as frightening. Cooperation, communication, along with trading food and weapons to allies all look to be important parts of the game.
Once again, the June release will be an early access build, with Rigid-Soft informing players to expect missing content, bugs and “potentially game breaking problems.” However, they also say to look for updates, such as new weapons and game features